These sweet and spicy bacon chicken bites will give you all the salty spice you want, mixed with the sweetness of caramelized brown sugar, all in one delicious bite. Your friends will be begging you to share the recipe!
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Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chicken Bites
Sweet and spicy bacon chicken bites are my new favorite appetizer to share when entertaining. The weather is warming up, and like me, many of you are getting ready to host your family and friends. I am certain this will be your new go-to bite to keep the crowds happy while you finish preparing the main course. Everyone will be so impressed with your skills. But really, how can you go wrong with anything wrapped in bacon? Yum!
The recipe is quick and is made with simple ingredients that most of us already have on hand. The flavors of the spices are perfectly balanced. The chili powder gives it a great kick while the brown sugar’s sweetness leaves you wanting more and more. Then, you add the saltiness of the bacon and you have the perfect combo of flavors. I know you and your guests will love this as much as me and mine do!
Bacon Chicken Bite Ingredients:
- Chicken Breasts: Cut into even sized squares
- Bacon: Choose a thinner cut of bacon so that it will cook through
- Brown Sugar: The richness of the brown sugar holds up to the spice from the other seasonings
- Chili Powder: Adjust the amount of chili powder to suit your spice preference
- Paprika: Adds color and spice
- Garlic Powder: You can’t go wrong with garlic powder
- Salt and Pepper: A staple in any good recipe
- Sliced Green Onions: Sprinkle over the top of your finished chicken for extra flavor and color
How to Make Bacon Chicken Bites:
There are many ways to personalize your Bacon Chicken Bites. I choose to do mine Sweet with a little bit of Spice.
You’ll notice that I roll the Bacon Wrapped Chicken in two different bowls instead of having all spices mixed into one. I do this because rolling them in the brown sugar after being rolled with the spicier and savory spices lets the sugar caramelize the Bacon and Chicken as a whole while it cooks.
- Preheating the oven to 350 degrees.
- Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying with cooking spray. Cut bacon in halves or thirds depending on how thick your chicken is. Wrap each piece of chicken in the bacon.
- Coat the chicken. In a small bowl add the chili powder, paprika, and garlic powder. In another small bowl add the brown sugar. Roll the bacon wrapped chicken first in the spices and then in the brown sugar. Place on prepared baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and remaining brown sugar (if any)
- Bake for 35-40 minutes until the bacon is crisp.
Easy Dipping Sauces to Try:
While these are perfect and delicious served without a dipping sauce, there is no harm in adding a little pizzazz to your dish. Specially when serving this dish at a get together you know there will always be people who love a good dip.
Try these Dipping Sauces that I have come to love:
Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chicken Bites
Delicious chicken sweet and spicy chicken bites wrapped in bacon are sure to be a hit!
- 3 chicken breasts cut into 1 inch pieces
- 6-8 slices of bacon
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- salt and pepper
- optional garnish: sliced green onions.
- Sprinkle with salt and pepper and remaining brown sugar (if any) and bake for 35-40 minutes until the bacon is crisp.
Original Post on November 10, 2014